If predictions hold true, this fall could be an unusually rough allergy season. In Virginia specifically, our hot temperatures and high humidity causes plats to produce up to four times more pollen that usual. Additionally, the ragwood season will be a month longer than it usually is, and is likely to run well into November this year.
Unfortunately it’s nearly impossible to avoid the leading cause of fall allergies, ragweed, which pollinates towards the end of summer. According to the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America, up to 20 percent of Americans are allergic to ragweed. A ragweed allergy causes what’s commonly referred to as hay fever, which has symptoms that include: a runny nose or congestion, watery or itchy eyes, sneezing, coughing, itchiness, sinus pressure and dark circles under the eyes.
Mold spores are the second most prevalent cause of allergies during the fall months. Surprisingly, we may encounter more mold outdoors than indoors according to Dr. James Sublett, an allergist and spokesman for the American College of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology. Because the symptoms of mold allergies are often confused with that of hay fever, it is always wise to consult an allergist to discover the source of your allergies, so you can get the proper treatment.
Dust mites are another common cause of fall allergies with 20 million Americans having a dust mite allergy. The allergies are most notable when we turn on our heaters in the fall, as the waste products of the dust mites are stirred up into the air.
How to minimize your exposure to alergens
- Check your home’s air filter and replace it when necessary
- Wear a mask while gardening and try to stay indoors on days when the pollen count is high
- Vacuum rugs, sweep floors, and dust counter tops to reduce the number of allergens inside your home
If you have allergies, call us at (804) 622-3782 or Schedule an Appointment Online to discuss your options and find relief from your toughest allergy symptoms!